Three comedy projects that were developed under a Film Victoria/ABC TV comedy initiative STITCH will receive funding from the ABC.
The projects were selected from more than 200 applicants and rewarded with a three-day workshop last year
with comedy writing mentoring from Steve Kaplan (whose graduates have worked on Sex and the City, Ugly Betty, Big Love and The Daily Show) and insight from Andrew Knight (Full Frontal, Tripping Over, SeaChange) and and Mike Bullen (Cold Feet).
The three projects are:
Next of Kin – Josh Thomas (Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation), and Todd Abbott (producer), a comedy about a boy who would like to be an adult and do adult things, like moving out and sleeping with girls. But his mum has other ideas.
Bruce – Warwick Holt, Mat Blackwell (Good News Week ), Jason Byrne (producer), and Tony Rogers (director), a gritty black comedy about life in an ordinary Aussie share-house, that just happens to be a convict tent in 1788.
TwentySomething – Josh Schmidt (writer/performer), and Jess Harris (writer/performer), a comedy series about best mates, Jess and Josh, who never went to uni, never had a clear talent and never really had a drive to grow up.
The teams now get the opportunity to develop their projects further and get them ready for potential production.
Film Victorias CEO, Sandra Sdraulig, said, “Film Victoria is delighted with the results of the first STITCH workshop, which gave our local producers and writers an opportunity to hone the tricky craft of scriptwriting under the guidance of industry experts.”